Argyll homes set for superfast broadband

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More homes in Argyll are set to receive superfast broadband after the Scottish Government announced it would bring higher internet speeds to 25,000 more properties across Scotland.

Residents of both Kilchenzie and Kilninver are set to receive fibre broadband coverage after it was announced last week that the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) project was ahead of schedule and is now set to reach 150,000 Scottish homes and businesses by next year.

The government has also committed to bringing superfast broadband – which means a connection with download speeds of 24Mb or more – to every home in Scotland by 2021 under its programme Reaching 100 per cent (R100).

Argyll and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara said: ‘This is excellent news for the region and I am delighted to hear that the DSSB project has passed its original targets and is providing opportunities for businesses and communities across the constituency.

‘When launched in 2014, this project was one of the most challenging broadband projects in Europe, due to the geography of rural Scotland, the scattered nature of the population and the lack of existing or planned fibre infrastructure.

‘It has been a huge engineering challenge and there’s still some way to go. However, we will build on this success and the R100 programme, backed with £600 million, will deliver superfast broadband access to every home and business in Scotland by the end of 2021 – the only part of the UK to do so.’

Kilchenzie and Kilninver are two of seven areas that will now have fibre broadband by 2019. Also scheduled to receive coverage are Glendale and Waternish on the Isle of Skye; Torridon in the Highlands; Machrie on the Isle of Arran; and Great Bernera in the Western Isles.

To find out if your area has fibre broadband, go to www.scotlandsuperfast.com.